Castrol Sarathi Mitra road safety programme launched for Truck Drivers

Programme to include road safety and financial literacy training

Delhi, September 26, 2017, Castrol Sarathi Mitra, part of an ongoing CSR initiative of Castrol India, was launched by the Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Delhi, Mr. Ajay Kashyap on  25 September 2017 at Castrol Sarathi Mitra Training Centre, Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar.

The Castrol Sarathi Mitra programme aims to positively impact more than 40,000 Truck drivers through road safety training, financial literacy and vision checkup over the next two years. In Delhi, two training centers have been set up in Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and Punjabi Bagh Transport Center, where the trainings will be conducted. The programme aims to work in close coordination with transporters and their associations and also with the Delhi Traffic Police. Synergie, a not for profit organization that works on collaborative CSR programmes, is the implementation partner and will run these centers.

Launching the programme, Mr. Ajay Kashyap lauded the initiative taken by Castrol and said: “The fact that over 1500 precious human lives were lost in accidents on Delhi roads last year is a cause of immense pain and distress to the bereaved families – also to each officer of Delhi Traffic police. This is particularly tragic as I realise that, at some level, all   are preventable. My officers are committed to work ceaselessly to achieve an accident free City. This requires tremendous efforts and resolve. It also needs equal and active participation and awareness about road safety among all road users.  Our efforts to create this awareness will remain the focus of our outreach programs. Corporate support under CSR is of immense value in helping our cause and makes available resources to take these efforts forwards”.
Mr. Omer Dormen, Managing Director and Member of Board CSR Committee of Castrol India, said: “India accounts for the largest number of road fatalities in the world and Delhi is the most dangerous city in the country, accounting for the largest number of road accident deaths in 2016.  The Castrol Sarathi Mitra programme is part of Castrol’s effort towards promoting road safety in India. The focus of the Castrol Sarathi Mitra programme is on truck drivers, the unsung heroes of our society. Truck drivers spend significantly longer hours on the road and are exposed to higher risk than any other drivers. The programme aims at supporting the truck drivers to remain safe on the roads and also providing them with basic education on financial literacy and planning so that they have a safe and sustainable livelihood.”
Ms. Indrani Maitra, Founder Director, Synergie, remarked: “With 65% of country’s freight being transported through roads, truck drivers form the backbone of the Indian economy. Yet a trucker’s life is one of the toughest. Synergie, as part of the CSR initiative of Castrol, strives to create a memorable experience for the truck drivers during the trainings at its centers, while they learn crucial aspects of road safety and banking. We hope through this initiative, we are able to provide visibility to the significant contribution these unsung heroes make towards the growth of the country.”

Castrol has already been playing a pioneering role in promoting road safety in the country – for its own employees, its partners and society at large. Castrol’s CSR programmes are covers four broad areas: Ehtiyat which covers road safety; Eklavya – for skill development, Ekjut for community development and Ehsaas which is about providing humanitarian aid.